i find it a little troubling the last decade and a half of social media has caused artists, especially younger artists, to forget about the existence of and importance of having a dedicated portfolio. ideally a site you run yourself that isn't attached to a social platform like fb, twitter, insta, etc
make a site. use a template. but have your stuff front and center without any of the other garbage or algorithm!
i realize, yeah, making and maintaining a site is just one more thing on the pile of shit you gotta do, but it's arguably the most important thing if you're a creative and want to be seen.
you can learn HTML/CSS and maybe PHP if you're fancy and make it from scratch, or you can use wix or wordpress or even carrd
just make a portfolio and add any important info (commissions, TOS, mission statement) and send people there FIRST. your socials should be little snapshots of what you're up to at best
like i'm no expert on this. i'm small-potatoes and i'm the first to admit that, but i've been doing art professionally for 20 years so i've seen a lot and learned a lot
the reason i don't bother with dedicated art-only accounts is because i have a portfolio. i put my best stuff up there along with any info i think is most important for visitors. they can see what i do and what i'm about and if they're interested they can follow my socials and see the other bullshit i waste my time on
@extinct this has been the best idea ive done, because i have not and do not trust any of these sites with my artwork
plus the little free site i have lets me turn off being able to save anything of mine, which has been nice.
@extinct Yeah, it's an extremely worrisome thought that there is starting to emerge an entire generation of artists whose work exists solely on platforms they don't control.
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